Part Two: Survivor's guilt was a topic that I was curious to learn more about after reading Mr. Tanimoto's experience. As a person is enduring a tragic event the body's natural response is often to save themselves, and only themselves. However, after the tragic event has passed, the loss of loved ones, even strangers can bring on a lot of emotion. They begin to wonder about what they could have done differently in order to save others. This immense amount of guilt can lead to self-harm, suicide, and other harmful acts, as a way to cope. However, the best form of treatment for survivor's guilt is said to be professional therapy and volunteering to help others in events now, in order to move on from the past. As we continue reading Hiroshima, I am curious to see if the other characters feel any sort of guilt for their survival. If so, how did they deal with it?
Recent picture of Hiroshima survivors
Information on survivor's guilt: http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/Guilt-Following-Traumatic-Events.html